COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 112

May 26, 2006

 

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Patricia I. Wright

Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Supplemental Assistive Technology Grants

 

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) will provide additional IDEA, Part B Section 611 (CFDA Number 84.027A), funds to school divisions and certain state operated programs to assist in the purchase of assistive technology for students with disabilities. These sub-grant awards are for assistive technology purchases made during the period June 2, 2006 through September 30, 2006. All funds must be obligated by September 30, 2006, and final claims for reimbursement must be received no later than November 15, 2006.

 

Assistive Technology can be defined as any item, piece of equipment, or product system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional or academic capabilities of students with disabilities. Assistive technology purchases may include no-tech, low-tech, and high-tech equipment that will be used for the direct purpose of improving classroom instruction or improving access to instruction for students with disabilities.

 

Claims for reimbursement must be submitted using forms SE001 and SE003, found in the Handbook of Procedures and Forms on the departments website at the following URL:

 

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/VDOE/spedfinance/.

 

Enter SPED-AT in the space on the forms provided for the grant award number. Completed and signed forms must be mailed to:

 

Grant Reimbursement Processing

Office of Special Education

VA Department of Education

P. O. Box 2120

Richmond, VA 23218-2120

 

Note: This is a reimbursement program. Items must be received and paid for before claims may be submitted to VDOE. Claims submitted after the above stipulated submission deadline for this funding program will not be accepted.

Attachment A provides a list of categories for assistive technology that might serve to help guide your decision-making process.

  

Attachment B provides the grant amount for each LEA. Each LEA is provided with a base of $1000. Additional funds are allocated on a per pupil amount multiplied by each school divisions totals from the 2005 child count data.

 

Attachment C provides a contact list of the regional Training and Technical Assistance Center (T/TAC) Assistive Technology Specialists who can serve as a resource for recommendations on assistive technology devices.

 

If you have questions about eligible assistive technologies, please contact John Eisenberg at (john.eisenberg@doe.virginia.gov), severe disabilities/assistive technology specialist, or by telephone at (804) 225-2711.

 

PIW/je

 

Attachments

 

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2006/inf112a.pdf

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2006/inf112b.pdf

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2006/inf112c.pdf